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FNS Photo by Amy Dalrymple Farmer Darwin Peterson of rural Antler testifies to the Legislature’s Interim Energy Development and Transmission Committee on Tuesday in Minot.

Owners say land protections ‘failing miserably’

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MINOT — Darwin Peterson is the third member of what he hopes is a fifth-generation farm.

But the Bottineau County man worries about the quality of land he’ll be able to pass on to his grandson after it was damaged by saltwater, a byproduct of oil development, when a pipeline ruptured in 2011.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.